For the fourth year in a row, the Nathan’s Fourth of July contest will be without its original superstar, who’ll be attempting a hot dog-eating world record 13 miles away. Read Emily Fleischaker’s profile of Takeru Kobayashi and these stories from around the web.
Kobayashi was arrested in Coney Island after crashing this year’s hotdog eating contest, and was led away in handcuffs. He wasn’t competing this year because he refused to sign a contract with Major League Eating — the organizer of the event and akin to the NFL of competitive eaters.
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Something exciting happened on Fourth of July!!! Ex-hot-dog-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi was arrested today after attempting to storm the stage following Joey Chestnut’s victory in the 95th annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition. Kobayashi was not allowed to compete due to contractual issues with Major League Eating.
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